D4E itself is an Excel add-in written in Office VBA with Ribbon programming. D4E is basically a direct downloader/ uploader of database records using ODBC SQL. D4E apps are created instantly by filling up the Apps Editor with optional properties and SQL code. Each property or SQL code can be embedded with replacement text variables that are evaluated recursively at run time (prompts). Because of the convenient way the placeholder variables provide filters, prompts and unlimited SQL cascading - D4E becomes a powerful self-service data discovery tool for the enterprise. As a reporting tool with excellent Office integration, it provides unique advantages over web-based reporting tools.
By using industry standard ODBC, D4E users and report developers can access complete databases and warehouses without going outside Excel. Users who will benefit greatly from D4E can be accountants, business analysts, data analysts, testers, business users, sales managers, database administrators, report writers and general knowledge workers.
By inter-operating with Excel, there are no web logons, no "export to Excel", no intermediate steps. By delivering results directly to Excel, high-fidelity customised reports can be generated every month for top management from Oracle eBusiness Suite, SAP Netweaver BW or other General Ledgers.
D4E is a specialist form of Business Intelligence as it does not actually require (but can work with) the traditional BI components of Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) and Data Warehouse schemas, given the existence of ERP's and application databases. Instead, it assumes that the ERP or application database is the primary real-time source of truth and simply provides a data mart facility to directly access the ERP. For Finance and Accounting, this specialist form is also known as Accounting Intelligence. Below are some user types that can benefit from Data Mart for Excel services.
Many enterprises today discourage Office VBA because of security and maintenance concerns. Fortunately, D4E provides a way to convert your current and future user-developed applications (including Excel VBA, MS Access, SQL) into a security-hardened change-controlled apps repository with each app able to integrate with MS Office ribbons and menus. As an enterprise-class data discovery tool, it can be used by anyone in the organization who may have a need for an easy-to-use reporting tool and self-service Business Intelligence. The D4E enterprise reporting tool can access enterprise data while inter-operating with MS Office menus only and without programming assistance.
A D4E app is not a UDA written in MS Excel or MS Access. Apps are created using the D4E editor and command scripts; then stored centrally within the secure enterprise environment (apps store). End-users access the D4E apps store via the D4E connector to produce reports, run dashboards, operate MIS reporting processes, and submit background/ batch processes. All outputs are instantly delivered in MS Office through excellent Office integration.
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